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THE LAND ASSEMBLY AND REDEVELOPMENT PLAN 



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WEST END PROJECT 



Revised May, 1956 



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MAY 71987 




Boston Housing Authority- 
Urban Redevelopment Division 
230 Congress Street 
Boston, Massachusetts 



PROJECT LOCATION: The West End Land Assembly and Redevelopment Project 
Area s hereinafter called the "Project Area", is located in the downtown section of 
Boston in the County of Suffolk and is bounded as described in Part G of this Plan. 

The Boston Housing Authority, hereinafter called the Authority, will acquire by 
purchase, eminent domain or otherwise, all of the land in the Project Area and 
will demolish, relocate or otherwise dispose of all buildings and structures thereon, 
will rough grade the land as necessary, will sell or lease to private and public re- 
developers all land in the Project Area not needed for street and highway purposes, 
and will dedicate or otherwise transfer to public authorities all land needed for 
street or highway purposes. 



A. LAND USE PLAN 

Land in the Project Area shall be used for multi-family residential use, com- 
mercial uses complementary to multi-family residential use, public and semi- 
public community facilities and public streets and highways as shown on the at- 
tached Land Use Plan map which is hereby incorporated in and made a part of 
this Plan. 

This Plan contains accepted standards with respect to land coverage, building 
bulk, building setbacks, the intensity of use of the land, the provisions of schools 
and playgrounds, and requirements for off-street parking and loading. The vari- 
ous uses are defined in Section D-2 of this Plan. 



B. SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN 
1. Streets and Highways 

Streets and highways shall be constructed, reconstructed or vacated by the 
Authority or other public entities as shown on the attached Street Plan, 

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which is hereby incorporated into and made a part of this Plan. 

2. Sewer Improvements 

Sewer improvements and changes shall be made by the Authority or other 
public entities as shown on the attached Sewer System Plan, which is hereby 
incorporated into and made a part of this Plan, 

3. Water System 

Water system improvements and changes shall be made by the Authority or 
other public entities as shown on the attached Water System Plan, which is 
hereby incorporated into and made a part of this Plan, 

4. Rough Grading 

Rough grading changes shall be made by this Authority as shown on the at- 
tached Grading Plan, which is hereby incorporated into and made a part of 
this Plan. 



RELATIONSHIP OF REDEVELOPMENT PLAN TO LOCAL OBJECTIVES 

1. This Plan is in conformity with the General Plan for the City of Boston as it 
now exists . 

2„ This Plan is in conformity with the Capital Improvement Program 195 6-1961 
for the City of Boston. 

3o This Plan complies with local objectives of the City of Boston as to suitabil- 
ity of land uses, density, improved traffic, public transportation, public 
utilities, recreational facilities and community facilities, and other public 
improvements. This Plan conforms to the following local objectives: 



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a. the elimination of substandard residences 

b. the elimination of the under -utilized, over -age May-hew School 

c. t he elimination of many narrow, costly, outmoded streets and public 

utilities 

d. the provision of new standard residential units to provide a stable neigh- 
borhood 

e. the provision of a new elementary school on an adequate site, p^us the en- 

largement of play area around the Blackstone Junior High School and pro- 
vision of land for a proposed gymnasium 

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f. the reduction of traffic congestion by the provision of new, wide streets and 

of off-street parking 



». CONTROLS ON REDEVELOPMENT 

These building controls are intended to operate as a system of interacting re- 
strictions, each being a complement and a check to every other, with a flexibility 
permitting a wide latitude in design, 
1. Land Disposition 

a. All land in the Project Area not needed for streets or highway purposes 
shall be sold or leased to private and public developers for use in ac- 
cordance with this Plan, 
bo All land needed for street or highway purposes shall be dedicated or 

otherwise transferred by the Authority to the City of Boston for use for 
these purposes only. 

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c. Easements for the sewerage system, water distribution system, gas lines, 

steam lines, electric lines, telephone lines, and fire alarm and police 
signal systems necessary to implement this plan shall be granted by the 
Authority s provided that all such easements shall be in the streets. 

d. All land needed for semi-public institutional uses shall be sold or leased 

to semi -public entities for use for these purposes only. 
2. Restrictions on the use of project land 

The following restrictions shall be binding and effective upon all purchasers 
of land, their heirs and assigns, in that section of Boston known as the West 
End Redevelopment Project Area (see legal description of project boundaries) 
from the date of purchase to January 1, 1999 8 at which time said restrictions 
shall automatically extend for successive periods of ten years, unless by a 
vote of the then owners of the majority of the area in the West End Redevelop- 
ment Project Area, exclusive of streets, it is agreed to change the said re- 
strictions in whole or in part; and provided that such a change is approved by 
the City Council, 
a. Land Use 

Land in the Project Area shall be used only for multi-family residential 
use, commercial uses complementary to multi-family residential use, 
public and semi-public, public streets and highways^ and parking. Not- 
withstanding any other provision in this Plan., land in the Project Area 
shall not be used for any of the following: 



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(1) industrial use 

(2) amusement uses, including bowling alleys, theaters or taverns 

(3) clubs or hotel use 

(4) advertising signs s except those used to advertise apartments for 

rent, which shall not be located above the first floor level; 
Those used in connection with business use to advertise services or 
goods identified with the premises are excepted but billboards of all 
types are specifically prohibited, 
b. Zoning 

The type s size and proposed use of buildings shall conform to the City of 
Boston Zoning Regulations, Chapter 488, Acts of 1924, amended by: 

Chapter 219 of 1925 Chapter 143 of 1932 

Chapter 350 of 1926 Chapter 204 of 1933 

Chapter 220 of 1927 Chapter 210 of 1934 

Chapter 70 of 1928 Chapter 240 of 1936 

Chapter 137 of 1928 Chapter 373 of 1941 

Chapter 88 of 1929 Chapter 198 of 1946 

Chapter 347 of 1930 Chapter 165 of 1948 

Chapter 16 of 1931 Chapter 203 of 1948 

Chapter 180 of 1931 Chapter 214 of 1948 



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The Zoning Map prepared by the Boston City Planning Board, dated 
March 15, 1924 as amended May 11, 1924 and as amended from time to 
time by the Board of Zoning Adjustment, shall further be amended as 
indicated on the plan titled "Proposed Zoning", which is attached here- 
with and made a part of this Han 

c. Buildings. Design and Construction. 

Plans for all buildings shall be prepared by a competent architectural 

firm and shall bear the seal of the responsible architect. 

All residential buildings shall be of fireproof, Type I construction as 

defined in the Boston Building Code, Chapter 479, Acts of 1938, Section 

126, as amended to the date of approval of this Plan by the Mayor and 

the City Council of the City of Boston, 

All non-residential buildings shall be of fireproof Type I construction or 

of semi-fireproof, Type II construction as defined in the Boston Building 

Code, Chapter 479, Acts of 1938, Sections 126 and 127 respectively, as 

amended to the date of approval of this Plan by the Mayor and the City 

Council of the City of Boston. 

d. Residential Parcels. 

Parcels I, II, III, and IV are designated residential parcels, subject to 
the restrictions, (].)-(6) inclusive, which are listed below: 
(1) Building setbacks and spacing between residential buildings 

The intent of these provisions is to assure adequate and healthful 
sunlight, light and air, as well as proper privacy, to all dwelling 
units within the project area in relation to each other and to other 

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structures within and adjoining the project area. 

Buildings containing dwellings shall be deemed to fulfill this require- 
ment if they conform to the following general standards: 
Setback from other buildings on same parcel: 

SI- h 1_ 

-b 5 (L-30) 

Setback from center line of street or from parcel boundary: 

s 2 ~-h 1 

4 5 (L-30) 
No sideyard shall be required but if used the minimum shall be deter- 
mined by the formula: 

S 3 - 10 ft. - 4_ (L-30) 

5 

Where h - height of building 
L - length of building 
S - setback from roof or cornice line 

1. from other buildings 

2. from center line of street or from boundary 

3. sideyard 

In any case all residential buildings shall be set back a minimum of 
ten feet from the right-of-way line . 

Variation from these standards will be permitted if the redeveloper 
demonstrates that the proposed building arrangement will provide a 
minimum of one hour of sunlight at an angle of more than 30 to the 



windows of each habitable room on each of at least ZOO days of the year, 
and will not prevent a similar standard of sunlight for structures in 
conforming locations on adjoining parcels, 

(2) Ground coverage - residential parcels 

The maximum ground coverage of all buildings, including garages, on 
each residential parcel of land shall not exceed 18% of the parcel area. 
The parcel area used in computing ground coverage shall be the net 
area which excludes streets., All of the area within the lot lines shall 
be included, i. e. , parking lots, drives, paths, play areas, landscaped 
areas, etc. 

The area covered by a garage, two stories or less in height above 
grade, shall not be included in ground coverage if 50% or more of the 
roof is landscaped. 

(3) Floor area ratio - residential parcels. 

The sum of the floor area or areas, which is defined as the area in- 
cluded within exterior walls, excluding basements and underground 
garages, shall not exceed 225% of the area of the parcel. 

(4) Usable open space 

(a) General Requirements: 

In Parcels I, II, and HI, as shown on the Land Use Plan, it shall 
be required that for each dwelling unit 200 sq. ft. of usable open 
space must be provided. In Parcel IV, it shall be required that 
for each dwelling unit 125 square feet of usable open space must 
be provided. In addition, in Parcel IV the developer shall be 



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required to provide a green strip 60 feet deep along Charles Street 
extending from the intersection of Allen and Charles Street to the 
pedestrian overpass at the traffic circle on Charles Street. All 
areas not covered by walks, planting boxes, shrubs and trees shall 
be covered with 6 inches of loam, limed, fertilized and sown with 
permanent grass seed. 

At least 6 shade trees with a trunk of 4" caliper shall be provided 
for the green strip. 

A minimum of 10% of the area of the green strip shall be covered 
by planting boxes and/ or permanent shrubs. 

At least two means of access to the green strip shall be provided 
for all residents of the Project Area. 

Usable open space is defined as that part of the ground area which 
is devoted to outdoor recreational space or to landscaped areas. 
It excludes private roadways open to vehicular transportation, 
accessory off-street parking space and accessory off-street load- 
ing berths. 

Usable open space must be structurally safe and adequately sur- 
faced and protected. It must be accessible and available at least 
to all occupants of dwelling units for whose use this space is re- 
quired, 
(b) Substitution of roof space for required usable open space. 

Open space on a roof may be substituted for part of the required 
usable open space, and if so substituted, each 3 square feet of 

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roof space shall be considered the equivalent of one square foot 

of usable open space, subject to the conditions set forth below: 

Such open space on a roof shall have a minimum dimension of at 
least 15 feet, measured from the inside of the parapet or railing, 
or to the exterior face of any wall or other obstruction projecting 
up above the roof level; 

Such open space on a roof shall be free of all obstructions except 
for arbors, trellises, planting boxes, awnings and canopies, 
plumbing vents and recreational equipment. 

Such open space on a roof shall be suitably surfaced and shall be 

protected by a high parapet, fence or other suitable safeguard. 

(5) Landscaping. 

(a) All areas not covered by structures, walks, driveways, parking 
lots and hard- surfaced play areas shall be covered with six inches 
of loam, limed, fertilized and sown with permanent grass seed. 
The developer shall landscape the green areas appropriately 

with trees and shrubs. 

(b) Public walkways 

Owners of property abutting on a public walkway on the Redevelop- 
ment Plan shall be responsible for maintaining that portion of said 
easements which is in lawn and shrubbery and between their lot 
lines and the public sidewalks as well as ones-half of the sidewalk. 
Owners of the property shall also be responsible for installing 
and maintaining all lawn spaces between public sidewalks and curbs, 

(c) Landscaping of easements 

The developer may without application, pave over easements for 



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public utilities and/or install driveways* lawns, parking spaces 
and play yards. In the event the developer desires to erect any 
structure or plant any trees or shrubs over easements, he shall 
be required to apply for permission from the departments and 
bureaus having jurisdiction. 
(6) Parking and access drives 

(a) Off-street parking and garage spaces shall be provided in the ratio 
of three spaces for each five dwelling units. All parking areas and 
drives shall be paved with a water-repellent bituminous or concrete 
surface and shall be properly drained. 

(b) Design Standards for Parking Areas 

Min. dimensions of stall 



Length 


Width 


20' 


8 f 6" 


24" 


8'6" 


26 , 8" 


8'6" 


17' 


8'6" 



Parallel parking 

45° 

o 
60 

o 
90 

(c) Access drives. Access to parking areas and garages by driveways 
at least 18' but not more than 24 ! wide at sidewalk. 

(d) All off-street parking spaces which are assigned to or rented for 

tenant parking shall be within 200 feet of an entrance to dwellings 
so assigned or rented. At least one space per ten dwelling units 
shall be in open lots and shall be available for the visitors of 
tenants. 

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(e) All parking stalls shall be set back 20 feet from street lines, 
e. Commercial parcels 

(1) Parcels S 1 and S Z s as shown on the Land Use Plan, are designated 
commercial parcels. No uses other than the following shall be permit- 
ted thereon: 

(a) generally recognized retail stores 

(b) personal service shops for direct service to the customers 

(c) business and professional offices 

(d) dry cleaning pick-up stores 

(e) laundries and bakeries, provided the service of not more than a 

total of ten full-time people are utilized therein in all operations 

(f) interior decorators 

(g) photographic studios 
(h) restaurants 

(i) uses accessory to any of the above permitted uses 

(2) Signs 

An overall design of the signs on all store fronts shall be prepared 
by the developer's architect and shall be submitted with the develop- 
ment plan to the Boston Housing Authority for approval. 
Permanent flat signs against the front face of store buildings may be 
erected on that portion of the building which is more than eight feet 
above the grade line. 

Ground signs relating to parking lots may be erected providing they 
are not over 12 square feet in area and not over 8 feet in height. 



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(3) Building lines 

Buildings shall be set back a minimum of eight feet from all street 
lines. 

(4) Parking 

Parking shall be provided centrally in a parking lot or lots. There 
shall be a minimum of one square foot of parking space for each two 
square feet of the floor area of the building. All parking areas and 
drives shall be paved with a water repellent, dust-free bituminous or 
concrete surface. 

All parking lots abutting on a street shall provide a fence, wall or 
bumper adequate to protect the public walk. 
All parking lots shall be properly drained. 

(5) Off-street loading 

Off-street loading space must be provided at the minimum standards 

listed below: 

Required No. of 

(a) Square Feet of floor area of structure Berths 

25, 000 up to & including 40, 000 1 

40,001 " " " 100,000 2 

100,001 " " " 160,000 3 

(b) A single berth shall be a minimum of 12 ft. wide. When there are 

several contiguous berths the minimum width shall be ten feet. 

(c) The minimum clear height shall be 14 feet; 

(d) The minimum length shall be 35 feet, exclusive of access aisle s 
and maneuvering space. 

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(e) Definition of floor area: 

"Floor Area" shall mean the gross floor area used or intended to be 
used for service to the public as customers, patrons, clients or 
patients, including areas occupied by fixtures and equipment used 
for display or sale of merchandise. 

It shall not mean floors or parts of floors used principally for non- 
public purposes, such as the storage, incidental repair, processing 
or packaging of merchandise for show windows or for offices incident- 
al to the management or maintenance of stores or building s. Parts 
of floors used principally for toilet or rest rooms, or for utilities, 
or for fitting rooms, dressing rooms or alteration rooms shall also 
be excluded from the definition of floor area. 

In no case shall the required off-street loading space be part of the 
area used to satisfy the off-street parking requirement of this 
regulation. 
Collective action relative to off-street parking and loading: 

Nothing in this requirement shall be construed to prevent the joint 
use of off-street parking or off-street loading space for two or more 
buildings, or uses of the total of such spaces, which, when used to- 
gether, shall not be less than the sum of the requirements for the 
various individual uses computed separately. 
(6) Landscaping 

5% of the commercial parcel S 1 shall be landscaped 

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(7) Building height 

Building height on the commercial parcel S 1 shall be limited to 

two stories. 

Buildings on parcel S 2 shall be limited to one story, 

(8) Parcel S 2. 

Commercial parcel S 2 shall be used to provide convenience shopping. 
The shops will be permitted to be part of an apartment house structure. 

f. Semi-public parcels 

Parcel A is not to be acquired. 

Parcel B is not to be acquired 

Parcel D is not to be acquired 

Parcel F: church and school use permitted; If not used for this purpose, 

it shall be combined with Parcel III. 

Parcel F 1 is not to be acquired. 

On all semi-public parcels the building setback lines, spacing of buildings, 

off-street parking and loading shall be subject to the approval of the 

Boston Housing Authority. 

g. Public parcels: 

Parcels C, El, E2, and parcel G are designated public parcels 
Parcel C: library use permitted. If not used for this purpose, it may- 
become part of parcel S 1 and be put to commercial use. 
Parcel E 1 and E Zi - only school use permitted. 
Parcel E is not to be acquired. 

On all public parcels the building setback lines, spacing of buildings, 
off-street parking and loading shall be subject to the approval of the 
Boston Housing Authority. 

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Parcel G - only school use permitted. 

h. Review of plans. 

The developer shall submit plans for each parcel to the Boston Housing 
Authority for approval. These plans shall be in sufficient detail to enable 
the Boston Housing Authority to make determination as to compliance of 
the plans with these restrictions and with the Redevelopment Plan. The 
Boston Housing Authority shall examine these plans and. they shall be 
deemed approved unless formal rejection, setting forth in detail the reasons 
therefor, shall be made within thirty (30) days of their submission. The 
provisions of the preceding sentence shall likewise apply to any amended 
or corrected plans. 

Thereafter, any changes required by lending institutions or the Federal 
Housing Administration may be made providing they are not contrary to 
or in conflict with these restrictions, 

i. Amendments to the Redevelopment Plan 

Subject to applicable Federal, State and local laws, this plan may be 
amended by the Boston Housing Authority, subject to the approval of the 
Housing and Home Finance Agency and further provided that if modified 
after lease or sale of any land in the Project Area the amendment must 
be consented to by the lessee or purchaser of the property affected by 
the proposed amendment. 

j. Variances of restrictions 

Subject to applicable Federal, State and local laws, the Boston Housing 
Authority may, in specific cases, vary the application of any provision 

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of these restrictions, to a minor extent, when in its opinion the enforce- 
ment thereof would do manifest injustice, provided that the decision of 
the Authority shall not be in conflict with the spirit of any provision of 
this plan and provided further that such variance shall be first approved 
by the Housing and Home Finance Agency. 

k. Severability 

Invalidation of any one of these covenants by judgment or court order shall 
in no way affect any of the other provisions which shall remain in full 
force and effect. 

1. Conflicting requirements 

When there is any difference between these restrictions and the standards 
of the Zoning Regulations, Building Code or other legal requirement, the 
more restrictive requirement shall govern. 

m. Obligation of the redeveloper to start and complete construction. 

Each purchaser or lessee of land in the Project Area shall be obligated 
to begin and complete within reasonable time the building of improvements 
required of him. 

n. Action by the Authority to prevent speculation in Project Land 

The Authority will take all reasonable steps to prevent speculation in the 
holding of project land. 

o. Action by the Authority to prevent discrimination 

The Authority shall not itself effect nor execute and shall adopt effective 
measures to assure that there is not effected nor executed by the purchasers 

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or lessees from it (or the successors in interest of such purchasers or 
lessees), any covenant, agreement, lease, conveyance or other instru- 
ment whereby land in the Project Area which is disposed of by the Author- 
ity is restricted either by the Authority or by the purchasers, lessees 
or successors in interest, upon the basis of race, creed or color in the 
sale, lease or occupancy thereof, provided that the provisions of this 
plan with respect to termination of the Plan shall not apply to this sentence, 



:. OTHER PROVISIONS NECESSARY TO MEET STATE OR LOCAL REQUIREMENTS 
1. Relocation Plan 

The method for the relocation of persons living in the Project Area and avail- 
ability of and the means by which there will be provided dwelling units for 
such persons substantially equal in number to the number of dwelling units to 
be cleared from the Project Area is as follows: 

a. The method 

A relocation office will be provided in the Project Area with adequate 
staff: 

(1) to survey all site occupants in order to determine family composition, 
income and housing requirements, and 

(2) to survey and inspect all available vacancies in privately owned dwell- 
ing units, and 

(3) to assist all displaced persons to relocate 

b. Availability of and the means by which dwelling units will be provided for 

such persons substantially equal in number to the number of dwelling units 

to be cleared: 

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There are 3075 occupied dwelling units to be cleared in the West End 
Project Area. 

(1) Available public housing: 

In operation by the Authority: 

PHA Low Rent. ......... 10, 156 

^State -aidedo ............ 3, 681 

13,837 

^Included in the above figure are 468 one -bedroom units which are 
available for aged persons provided that qualified veterans are not 
waiting. 

The vacancy turnover for 1953 averaged 12% or approximately 1660 
apartments. Under Chapter 121, General Laws of Massachusetts, 
Section 26FF, and Public Law 171, Section 302, priority in public hous- 
ing is mandatory to families displaced by slum clearance and redevelop- 
ment projects. 

For all persons or families eligible for public housing, the Authority 
shall make dwelling units available in projects owned or operated by 
it. Such persons or families will be given preference for tenancy into 
all public housing. 

(2) Available vacancies in privately owned dwelling units: 

For all families of more than one person who are not eligible for public 
housing, the Authority shall find and make available decent, safe and 
sanitary privately owned dwelling units at rentals that such families can 
afford to pay; and 

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For all single persons ineligible for public housing, the Authority 

shall make available addresses of privately owned rooms or dwelling 

units for their relocation- There is at the present time a sufficient 

number of available dwelling units in the City of Boston to make it 

possible to carry out this Relocation Plan. 

In addition, Section 26LL (c) of General Laws, Chapter 121 under 

"Obligations to be Imposed en Purchasers and Lessees", states: 

"If a housing authority shall sell or lease any property acquired by 
it for a land assembly and redevelopment project, the terms of such 
sales or leases shall obligate the purchasers or lessees .......... 

to give preference in the selection of tenants for dwelling units built 
in the project area to families displaced therefrom because of clear- 
ance and redevelopment activity, who desire to live in such dwelling 
units and who will be able to pay rents or prices equal to rents or 
prices charged other families for similar or comparable dwelling units 
built as a part of the same redevelopment " 

2. Declaration of Findings 

The Declaration of Findings dated November 30, 1955, pages 1 through 18 
inclusive, which follows and which is hereby incorporated as part of the Re- 
development Plan, demonstrates that: 

a. The Boston Housing Authority is empowered under the Housing Authority 

Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to undertake the project. 

b. The Project Area is a "sub -standard" and "decadent" area, as defined in 

Section 26J of Chapter 121 of the General Laws. 

c. The Boston Housing Authority acting pursuant to Resolutions of the Boston 

City Council and of the Authority, has entered into contracts with the 
United States of America for funds with which to prepare plans and surveys 

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for the assembly, clear ancej, and redevelopment, under the Housing Author- 
ity Law, of the land in the City within a decadent and sub-standard area 
known as the West End. 
d. The West End Redevelopment Project qualifies for Federal financial as- 
sistance. The Project Area is one which is: 
built-up 

predominantly residential in character 
a deteriorated area 

rehabilitation of existing structures in the area is unfeasible 
The redevelopment of the area cannot be carried out alone without the 
aid sought by the Authority from the Federal Government, or other sub- 
sidy. 



F. OTHER OFFICIAL ACTIONS 

1. Right-of-way easements for street and highway purposes shall be accepted 
or vacated by the City of Boston as shown on the attached map entitled "Street 
Plan,". 

2. Sewer lines shall be accepted or abandoned by the City of Boston as shown on 
the attached map entitled "Sewer System Plan". 

3. Water lines shall be accepted or abandoned by the City of Boston as shown on 
the attached map entitled "Water System Plan". 

4. In conformity with this Plan, alterations of the fire alarm and police communica' 
tion systems adequate to serve the Project Area will be provided by the Fire 
Department and Police Department, respectively. 

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5. In conformity with this Plan, alterations of the electric power and street 
lighting systems, telephone and telegraph and gas systems adequate to serve 
the Project Area will be provided by the Boston Edison Company , the New 
England Telephone and Telegraph Co. , and the Boston Consolidated Gas 
Company, respectively. 

6. In order to make possible the proposed re-use according to the Redevelopment 
Plan, the Boston Housing Authority shall file an application with the Board of 
Zoning Adjustment to change the official zoning map as required in Section 20 
of the City of Boston Zoning Regulations. 

As shown on the map titled Existing Zoning (included in the supporting document- 
ation), the proposed changes are indicated on the map called Proposed Zoning 
(included in the supporting documentation) . The greater part of the area would 
be zoned as residential - 155 , except for local business -35 zoning for the 
shopping center and convenience shopping area. 

Parcel I would be zoned either R-155 or L-35, depending upon the proposed re- 
use. 



G. BOUNDARY OF THE PROJECT AREA 

1. The Project boundary with the exceptions noted hereinafter starts at the center 
point of the junction of Allen Street and Charles Street and runs in a northeasterly 
direction along the center line of Charles Street to a point opposite the northeaster 
ly side lot line of the property now or formerly numbered 395 Charles Street; 

2. thence turning in a southeasterly direction along said side lot line extended to a 
point which is the northwesterly corner of previously described parcel at 395 
Charles Street and the right-of-way line of Charles Street; 



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3. thence continuing in a straight line in a southeasterly direction along said side 
lot line of previously described 395 Charles Street a distance of sixty-one and 

six one -hundredths (61. 06') feet to a point; 

4. thence turning in a northeasterly direction along the southeasterly side lot line 
of that parcel of land now or formerly numbered 401 Charles Street a distance of 
eighty and forty-eight hundredths (80.48') feet to a point on the southerly boundary 

of Charles Street; 

5o thence turning in an easterly direction along the southerly boundary of Charles 
Street and running a distance of forty-six (46') feet more or less across the 
passageway and along the lot line of that parcel now or formerly numbered 
64 Auburn Street to a paint which is the point of curvature of an arc that comprises 

the lot line of 64 Auburn Street; 



6. thence turning in a N 66 54'29"E direction crossing Leverett Street for a distance 
of sixty-six (66') feet more or less to a point on the northeasterly side of Leverett 
Street; 

7. thence turning in a N 89 U 56'31 H E direction along the easterly boundary of Leverett 
Street for a distance of forty-five and seven tenths (45. 7') feet more or less to a 
point; 

8. thence turning in a S 76°01 S 19"E direction and running a distance of one hundred 
twenty-four (124') feet more or less to a point on the northwesterly side of Brighton 
Street; 

9. thence continuing in the previously cited direction a distance of one hundred eleven 
(111 1 ) feet more or less to a point on the northwesterly corner of the rear lot line 
of that parcel of land now or formerly numbered 19 Barton Street; 

10. thence turning in a S 76°23'49" E direction a distance of fifteen and ninety-seven 
hundredths (15. 97') feet more or less along the rear lot line of 19 Barton Street; 

11° thence turning in a N 47 48'37"E direction a distance of nine and fifteen hundredths 
(9. 15') feet more or less to a point on the side lot line of 19 Barton Street; 

o 

12. thence turning in a S42 23'26"E direction a distance of thirteen and fifty-three 

hundredths (13. 53') feet on the side lot line of 19 Barton Street; 

L3. thence turning in a S 76 23 ! 49"E direction a distance of thirty-six and eighty-four 
hundredths (36.84') feet to a point where the northeasterly side lot line of 19 Barton 
Street intersects the right-of-way of 'the northwesterly side of Barton Street; 



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thence crossing Barton Street in a S I? *)?' 13"E direction a distance of thirty- 
nine and eighteen hundredths (39. 18') feet to a point on the southeasterly side 
of Barton Street; 

thence turning in a S 41°02' 56"E direction a distance of three and eighteen 
hundredths (3. 18') feet along the northeasterly side lot line of the lot now or 
formerly numbered 16 Barton Street to a point; 

thence in a S 74 52'56"E direction a distance of sixty-four and twenty-five 
hundredths (64„ 25') feet more or less to a point on the rear lot line of the lot 
numbered now or formerly 20 Willard Street; 

17. thence along said rear lot line of 20 Willard Street in a N 48°49'26"E direction 

a distance of four and seventy-three hundredths (4. 73') feet to a point which is 
the northerly corner of the lot at 20 Willard Street; 



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thence turning in a S 41 10'34" E direction along the northeasterly side lot line 
of 20 Willard Street a distance of seven and four hundredths (7, 04') feet to a 
point; 

19. thence turning in a S 74 52'56"E direction a distance of sixty and nineteen 

hundredths (60. 19') feet to a point on the northwesterly right-of-way of Wil- 
lard Street; 



thence in a N 47 52'54"E direction along the northwesterly right-of-way of 
Willard Street a distance of thirty -seven and five tenths (37. 5') feet more or 
less to a point on the center line of the Surface Road Connection that links 
the Leverett Street Traffic Circle with Nashua Street; 

21. thence following the center line of the previously described Surface Road con- 
nection in a southeasterly direction to a point which is the intersection of the 
center lines of the previously described Surface Road Connection and Lowell 
Street; 

22. Thence running in a southeasterly direction along the center line of Lowell 
Street to a point in Lowell Square which is the intersection of the center lines 
of Lowell Street and Staniford Street; 

23. thence turning and running in a southwesterly direction along the center line 
of Staniford Street to a point which is the intersection of the center lines of 
Staniford Street and Green Street; 

24. thence turning and running in a south easterly direction along the center line of 
Green Street to a point which is the intersection of the center lines of Green 
Street and Staniford Street; 



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thence turning and running in a southerly direction along the center line of 
Staniford Street to a point which is the intersection of the center lines of 
Staniford Street and Cambridge Street; 

thence turning and running in a westerly direction along the center line of 
Cambridge Street for a distance of eight hundred ninety-two and eighty 
hundredths (892. 80") feet to a point which is the intersection of the center 
lines of Cambridge Street and Blossom Street" 

thence turning and running in a northerly direction along the center line of 
Blossom Street to a point which is the intersection of the center lines of 
Blossom Street and Allen Street; 

thence turning and running in a northwesterly direction along the center line 
of Allen Street to a point being the point of beginning at the center point of 
said Allen Street and Charles Street;" 

The following five parcels of land located within the project perimeter de- 
scribed above are excluded from the project area, with exceptions necessary 
to effectuate this Plan, if any, noted at the end of each description: 

a « A certain parcel of land with schoolhouse buildings thereon situated in 
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, and now known as 33 Blossom 
Street, being shown on a plan by C. L„ Patter son, C. E. , dated September 
15, 1914, and on file with the Boston School Buildings Department, bound- 
ed and described as follows: 

WESTERLY by Blossom Street 166. 31 feet; 

NORTHERLY by land now or formerly of the Roman Catholic Archbishop 

of Boston, 84o 75 feet; 

NORTHEASTERLY by land now or formerly of said Roman Catholic Arch- 
bishop of Boston and Harry F. Hunter et al 26. 77 feet; 

SOUTHEASTERLY by McLean Court 14. 78 feet; 

NORTHEASTERLY by McLean Court 135. 6-7 feet; 

SOUTHEASTERLY by land now or formerly of Nathan Baer et al 31. 00 feet; 

EASTERLY by land of said Nathan Baer et al 23. 0.5 feet; 

NORTHERLY by land of said Nathan Baer et al 1. feet; 

EASTERLY by land of said Nathan Baer et al 17. 81 feet; 

SOUTHERLY by Eaton Street 6. 50 feet; 

EASTERLY by North Russell Street, 35. 96 feet; 

SOUTHERLY by eight lots of land of various ownership 223. 46 feet; 

containing 33, 289 square feet of land more or less according to said plan; 



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Excluded from the foregoing parcel and Included in the Project Area is the 
following strip of land bounded as follows: 

WESTERLY by Blossom Street, 166. 31 feet; 

NORTHERLY by land now or formerly of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston 

7 feet more or less; 

EASTERLY by remaining portion of above identified parcel numbered 33 Blos- 
som Street 166. 31 feet more or less; 

EASTERLY by land now or formerly of Cristo Nasti and the City of Boston 7 

feet more or less to the point of beginning; 
which is to be taken for the widening of Blossom Street; 

b. A certain parcel of land with the buildings thereon situated in Boston, Suffolk 
County, Massachusetts, and now known as 25 Blossom Street, being recorded 
in Suffolk Registry of Deeds in Book 5104, pages 258, 456, 458, 461, 463, 466, 469< 
471, 473, 475, 476, 484, 485 and 501, and further being shown on a plan by 
Aspinwall & Lincoln, Civil Engineers, dated August 20, 1929 and on file in the 
offices of the George Robert White Fund, bounded and described as follows: 

NORTHERLY by Parkman Street 134. 12 feet; 

EASTERLY by land now or formerly of Samuel Eskowitz and Jacob Short 

56. 72 feet; 
SOUTHERLY by land of said Jacob Short 12. 92 feet; 
EASTERLY by land of said Jacob Short and also land now or formerly of 

Wolf Zimmerman et ux 59. 53 feet; 
SOUTHERLY by land now or formerly of Congregation Beth Amedich Agondel 

Anshi Sfard 23.12 feet; 
EASTERLY by land of said Congregation Beth Amedich Agondel Anshi Sfard 

10. 43 feet; 
SOUTHERLY by land now or formerly of City of Boston 14. 38 feet; 
EASTERLY by land of said City of Boston 0. 67 feet; 
SOUTHERLY by land of said City of Boston 26. 22 feet; 
EASTERLY by land of said City of Boston 0.33 feet; 
SOUTHERLY by land of said City of Boston 58. 77 feet; 
WESTERLY by Blossom Street 127. 35 feet; 

containing according to said plan 15, 950 square feet more or less; 

Excluded from the above parcel and included in the Project Area is the follow- 
ing strip of land bounded as follows: 

WESTERLY by Blossom Street 127. 35 feet; 

NORTHERLY by Parkman Street 7 feet more or less; 

EASTERLY by the remaining portion of the above described parcel now known 

as 25 Blossom Street along the outer westerly founda- 
tion wall of the building 127. 35 feet more or less; 

SOUTHERLY by land now or formerly of the City of Boston 7 feet more or less 

to the point of beginning: 

which is to be taken for the widening of Blossom Street; 

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c. A certain parcel of land with the buildings thereon situated in Boston, County 
of Suffolk, Massachusetts, now known as 131 Cambridge Street, being recorded 
in Suffolk Registry of Deeds in Book 2C28, page 44 and subject to a street taking 
recorded in Book 4607, page 321, and further identified on assessors' maps of 
Boston described and bounded as follows: 

NORTHERLY by land now or formerly of Rose Kanter 82, 58 feet; 

EASTERLY by land now or formerly of Samuel Israel 13. 69 feet; 

NORTHERLY by land of said Samuel Israel 1. 57 feet; 

EASTERLY by land now or formerly of the Pope Company 152. 94 feet; 

SOUTHERLY by Cambridge Street 87 . 27 feet, 

WESTERLY by Lynde Street 160. 82 feet; 

containing according to said plan 14, 680 feet; 

d. A certain parcel of land with the buildings thereon now numbered 141 Cambridge 
Street, situated in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, being shown on a 
plan made by William S. Crocker, C. E f and dated October 31, 1936, recorded 
with Suffolk Land Court as case number 17175, bounded and described as follows: 

NORTHERLY by land now or formerly of Nicholas M. Carchia et al 36. 89 feet 

to a point; thence turning an angle and running along said 
land of said Nicholas M„ Carchia 43. 85 feet; 

EASTERLY by Lynde Street 133. 82 feet; 

SOUTHERLY by Cambridge Street 73. 40 feet; 

WESTERLY by land now or formerly of Kathrine Powers, Bertha Ross, Cyrus 

Sargeant et al, and Margaret Sowa, 68. 63 feet; 

SOUTHERLY by land of said Margaret Sowa 0. 61 feet; 

WESTERLY by land now or formerly of Marks Mittenthal 19. 08 feet; 

NORTHERLY by land of said Marks Mittenthal 0. 45 feet, 

WESTERLY byland of said Marks Mittenthal 2. 25 feet; 

SOUTHERLY by land of said Marks Mittenthal 0. 95 feet; 

WESTERLY by land of George H olden Tinkham et al and a passageway 44. 91 feet; 

containing according to said plan 10, 348 square feet of land. 

e. A certain parcel of land with the buildings thereon, situated in Boston, County 
of Suffolk, Massachusetts, now known and numbered as 66 Chambers Street 
and 8 Allen Street, being recorded in Suffolk Registry of Deeds with Book 818, 
page 69; Book 880, page 85; and Book 2385, page 157; further identified on as- 
sessors' maps of Boston, described and bounded as follows: 

NORTHEASTERLY by Allen Street 163.70 feet; 

EASTERLY by Chambers Street 75.85 feet; 

SOUTHWESTERLY by McLean Street 208.10 feet; 

NORTHWESTERLY by land now or formerly of the Roman Catholic Archbishop 

of Boston 84. 00 feet; 

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containing according to said plan 13, 099 square feet, more or less, and with 
the benefit of and subject to party wall agreements, if any, and insofar as they 
are now in force and applicable. 



H. PROPOSED ADMINISTRATION FOR EXECUTING THE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN 

The Administration for executing the Redevelopment Plan shall comply with the 
requirements of the Manual of Policies and Requirements for Local Public Agencies 
as set forth by the Housing and Home Finance Agency. 



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